Warren Spector is a North American video game designer best known for his work on games merging role-playing and first-person shooter elements.
Spector was born October 2, 1955 in a Jewish family and grew up in Manhattan. His early interests included, among others, dinosaurs, airplanes, law, cars, and basketball. During his high school years he wanted to become a film critic and he later attended Northwestern University in Illinois, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. He continued to study at the University of Texas, Austin, where he became a Master of Arts in Radio-TV-Film for his thesis on the history of Warner Bros.
He began as Associate Editor at the boardgame company Steve Jackson Games, and rose to the position of Editor-in-Chief. At SJG, he collaborated on TOON: The Cartoon Roleplaying Game
and edited or designed several other board and roleplaying games.
In 1987, Warren moved to TSR
, best-known for the Dungeons & Dragons
games. There, he edited the Top Secret/S.I game, the Bullwinkle and Rocky Game and the 2nd Edition AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide. He also wrote several roleplaying supplements, boardgames and novels.
Joining computer game developer ORIGIN Systems
in 1989, Warren served as Associate Producer on Ultima VI
and Wing Commander
. He went on to produce the award-winning Ultima Underworld
games, Ultima VII Part 2: Serpent Isle
, System Shock
, Wings of Glory
, and more.
After a stint as Executive Producer with Looking Glass Studios
, Warren joined Ion Storm
in fall of 1997, accepting a seat on the company’s board of directors in November 1999. During that time, Warren and his team released the near-future action roleplaying game Deus Ex
. In November, 2004, he left the company to pursue personal interests.
In early 2005, he founded Junction Point Studios
and began development of a fantasy game with "a supportive publisher". After about nine months, the deal was cancelled, and his team went back to work on several other projects. In 2007 the company was acquired by Disney Interactive
and in 2010 released their first title, Disney Epic Mickey
Warren Spector is on the board of directors of the International Game Developers Association.
- Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (2012), Disney Interactive Studios
- Disney Epic Mickey (2010), Disney Interactive Studios
- Dark Messiah: Might and Magic (2006), Ubisoft, Inc.
- Project: Snowblind (2005), Eidos Interactive Ltd.
- Thief: Deadly Shadows (2004), Eidos, Inc.
- Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home (2003), Eidos, Inc.
- Deus Ex: Invisible War (2003), Eidos, Inc.
- Whiplash (2003), Eidos, Inc.
- Cel Damage (2002), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- Deus Ex (Game of the Year Edition) (2001), Eidos Interactive, Inc.
- Frequency (2001), Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.
- Deus Ex (2000), Eidos Interactive Ltd.
- Thief: The Dark Project (1998), Eidos Interactive, Inc.
- Crusader: No Remorse (1995), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- CyberMage: Darklight Awakening (1995), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- Wings of Glory (1995), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- The Complete Ultima VII (1994), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- Dangerous Streets & Wing Commander (1994), Commodore
- Dragonsphere (1994), MicroProse Software, Inc.
- Super Wing Commander (1994), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- System Shock (1994), Dro Soft, ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
- Wing Commander: Privateer - Righteous Fire (1994), ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
- Wing Commander / Wing Commander II (Special CD-ROM Edition) (1994), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds (1993), ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
- Ultima VII: Part Two - Serpent Isle (1993), ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
- Ultima VII: Part Two - The Silver Seed (1993), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss (1992), ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
- Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2 - Martian Dreams (1991), ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
- Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi (1991), ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
- Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade (1991), ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
- Bad Blood (1990), ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
- Ultima VI: The False Prophet (1990), ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
- Wing Commander (1990), ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
- Wing Commander: The Secret Missions (1990), ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
- Knights of Legend (1989), ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
- Space Rogue (1989), ORIGIN Systems, Inc.